By Zach Cavanagh
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Catsimanes Captures County Championship
San Clemente senior Hana Catsimanes charged ahead to earn the title of Orange County’s top runner on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Catsimanes set a course record at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado with a time of 17:02.8 on the three-mile course to best the field and take the gold at the 53rd Orange County Cross Country Championships.
Catsimanes, the third Triton to take the county title after Kelsey Carroll in 2014 and Alex Dunne in 2008, broke the course record by nearly 14 seconds by taking advantage of the downhill portions of the race to push ahead of her competitors.
Catsimanes, a Wake Forest commit, beat out second-place Carly Corsinita of Capistrano Valley by eight seconds and third-place Emma Hadley of Canyon by 18 seconds. Catsimanes improved from last season’s 11th-place time by nearly a full minute.
San Clemente took third overall in the girls team standings at 162 points. Junior Kelsie Yamano was the next to clock in for the Tritons in 31st at 18:29.3, with senior Isabelle Sachse close behind in 34th at 18:34.8.
El Toro took the girls county title with 80 points.
Triton Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country with strong performances today with each finishing 3rd at the OC Championships today!! 👍💪🏃♂️🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/FvoIOusi1T
— Triton Athletics (@SCHSTritons) October 19, 2019
The San Clemente boys also took third in their team standings with top-10 finishes by senior Caleb Mettler and junior Brodey Horspool. Mettler finished in ninth at 15:03.6, and Horspool posted a personal record in 10th at 15:07.3.
Junior Ryan Boratynec finished 29th at 15:21.3, a personal record, and senior Alan Swann came in 37th at 15:31.3, also a personal record.
Dana Hills won its county-record fifth straight boys title and its county-record 11th title overall.
Volleyball Hosts Playoff Opener Thursday
After winning a share of the Sea View League title, the San Clemente girls volleyball team will open the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs at home on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The Tritons will host Woodbridge in the first round at 6 p.m. Winner will play the San Juan Hills-St. Lucy’s of Glendora winner on Saturday, Oct. 26.
San Clemente lost a coin flip for league seeding with co-champion Tesoro. The Tritons were slotted as the league’s No. 2 representative, and thus San Clemente has the tougher potential second-round draw against No. 2 seed San Juan Hills.
Tesoro could potentially play No. 4 seed Santa Margarita in the second round.
Against common opponents, Woodbridge has a 4-4 record and San Clemente has a 6-2 record. Woodbridge dropped a five-set match to Tesoro, and San Clemente won a five-set match and lost a four-set match to Tesoro.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports.